Nicholas Branson

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October 17, 1993 - January 1, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Louis, MO

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Nicholas Jefferson Branson, 25, of St. Louis, Missouri passed away on his own accord and as a result of mental health issues on January 1, 2019. He was born October 17, 1993 in St. Louis. Nic was the beloved son of Lisa (Thompson) Vaughan, Chris Vaughan, Kevin Branson, and Kathy Branson.

Nic’s presence, authentic personality, and witty comments left others with a smile and a connection unlike any other.

Despite years of struggling with his inner demons, Nic achieved so much in his life.  Nic graduated from Francis Howell High School Summa Cum Laude in 2012 where he displayed his natural brilliance.  He received the Red Cord Graduate Department Award, was nominated for 2nd Team All-State and All-Metro in his Sophomore and Junior years, played various characters in Theater, received the Theater Cappie Award for his performance in Distracted, participated in Honors Choir, Spectra, several AP classes, and the Robotics Club.  After high school, Nic went on to by perform Stand-Up Comedy in Los Angeles as well as playing the piano and singing at several venues. He returned to St. Louis and later became a loyal and valued employee at Total Access Urgent Care.

Nic enjoyed performing, writing, gaming, and anything Harry Potter. He wrote poems, comedy sketches, and was in the process of writing a screenplay. Above all, his greatest passion was music. He was a self-taught pianist and guitarist. No matter the place, if there was a piano, Nic was at the bench enchanting all around with his musical touch and belting out songs so beautifully that people would stop, stand around him and take in the goodness of his soul within his music. He most passionately sang songs by his favorite band, The Fray.

Nic is survived by his parents, his four sisters and one brother: Brittany Meyer (Kevin), Hayley Cichacki (Mike), Casey Branson, Chayse Vaughan and Ava Vaughan. He is also survived by his fraternal grandparents Betty and Jim Branson of Union, MO. He was immensely loved by his many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and family.

In the words of Nic’s mom and as he would have wanted, “Please continue your shenanigans until we meet again.”

Please visit Nic’s Facebook Page for future memorial events, activities, and fundraisers.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness organization is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

The NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-6264 or in a crisis, text NAMI to 741741

Guestbook Entries

  1. Kathey Austin January 4, 2019 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    candle 2My heart is heavy for your loss, Lisa and family…

  2. Liz and Eddie Lee January 4, 2019 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    candle 7May the Lord be with you and let his light shine upon you during this tragic loss. Our deepest sympathy for Nic’s family and friends.

    – Liz and Eddie Lee

  3. Jason Horan January 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm - Reply

    candle 7Sorry for your family’s loss.

  4. Kim Aguayo January 4, 2019 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    candle 6I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. Praying for you.

  5. Magy January 4, 2019 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    candle 3I only know of Nic but it’s obvious he is deeply loved and the world has lost a beautiful soul.

  6. Doyle and Beth Willhite January 4, 2019 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    candle 4Only love can comfort now… and your wonderful memories. May they be much and many.
    Until you meet again,
    Doyle and Beth

  7. Valerie Serena and family January 4, 2019 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    candle 1Praying that your hearts heal and that your memories of Nic live on within all who he loved

  8. Karla DeSanti January 4, 2019 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry. Gary and I are sending our love and prayers. He is singing with the angles now. Love to all of you.

  9. Barb & Hank Tulodzieski January 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Love and prayers to your family.

  10. Rosenetta Atamata January 4, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    candle 5Please accept our sincere condolences. We are praying for strength and comfort during this difficult time. ~ Rosenetta and family

  11. Jan Kaufman January 4, 2019 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    candle 8I cannot even imagine what you are all going through right now. I pray Nic has found the peace his soul was seeking. I also pray that you find some comfort in the love everyone is sharing.

  12. Stacy Harrington January 4, 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for your family.

  13. Sean & Shan Sullivan January 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Our hearts are aching with and for you. Sending all our love and thoughts and prayers to help you through this. Big hugs.

  14. Bob and Barb Niebruegge January 4, 2019 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    candle 7A shining star . . .

  15. Leslie and Jeff Allan January 4, 2019 at 6:40 pm - Reply

    Sorry for your loss. Nic sounds like he was a wonderful, talented and well loved young man. You will hold him in your hearts forever. Prayers to your family.

  16. Jodie Bankhead Hartman January 4, 2019 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    So sorry, there aren’t enough words to help. Only time can heal. Hold on to your family and support each other.

  17. Clau Marchena January 4, 2019 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    candle 8My Dear Friend Lisa,

    I hops God gives you the strength to endure this time of sadness.

    Lots of love from afar.

    Clau Marchena.

  18. Amanda Clover January 4, 2019 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    candle 7I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy who always played his drums on his desk at work and hummed songs. Never got tired of hearing him. I know now he is up in heaven, smiling down, and the demons are now gone, he isn’t fighting them anymore. He will be missed by all who love him and will never be forgotten by those who he crossed paths with. Your family is in my prayers.

  19. Amanda Clover January 4, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    candle 7I pray for your family in this time of heart ache and questions. I know he is up there free of the darkness inside, and singing for all those that have gone before their time. He will be missed truly by all those who knew him or crossed his path in some way. His light shines bright within him now and I know his light will always shine within all of us who loved and cared for him. Till we meet again Nic.

  20. Yessmy Rojas January 4, 2019 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    candle 1💔 … 🙌🏻
    Only love can comfort now
    And all your wonderful
    Memories together
    With my 💔 heartbreak
    so sorry for your loss
    😢 Dear ( Lisa & Chris and family )
    I 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 For your family
    🙏🏻 Nic 🙌🏻
    God bless

  21. Debra Lee January 4, 2019 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    candle 5It saddens me once again to hear of the loss of a young man; someone’s Son. I know first hand the grief it brings you and I feel your pain and the pain remains for us Parents forever and always as our children are always the light of our lives. Please know I will pray your days will get better and most of all do not be afraid to grieve as it will help you through this tough time. ♥️

  22. Amy Santhuff January 4, 2019 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    candle 7Such a great loss to the world, sending your family healing and love.

  23. Kelley Truss January 4, 2019 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    I am so very, very sorry for the loss of your much loved son. My heart broke for you when I read your sad news. While I know your pain is unbearable, rely on each other, your faith and all the wonderful memories you have of him and speak of him often to keep him alive in your hearts. You are all in my hearts and in my prayers.
    God bless you all❤❤
    Kelley Truss

  24. John and Jackie Galatoire January 4, 2019 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for your loss. May the Lord heal your hearts and the memories of Nic and his many vitutes continue to live within you in loving memory.

  25. Shauna Vaughan Walker January 4, 2019 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    candle 7I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. Praying for peace for all of you.

  26. Chris Cervellere January 5, 2019 at 5:31 am - Reply

    candle 3Kathy Branson & Family, My heart breaks for you. I pray your Nic has found the peace he was seeking. God bless you during this difficult time.

  27. Jan Riese January 5, 2019 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Love and prayers to your family.

  28. Bill and Verna January 5, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Love and hugs in the time of sorrow he is in a better place God bless you all. Love Bill and Verna

  29. Amy W January 5, 2019 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    candle 6I worked with Nic at GymQuarters and really enjoyed the time he was there. He was a great teacher and co-worker! The kids just loved him! Nic carried around an infectious smile and always knew how to brighten up your day. So sorry to hear about the loss of such a wonderful human. Prayers for his family and all who knew him.

  30. Sarah Wilson January 5, 2019 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    I worked with Nick at Gymquarters for a while, we taught tumbling classes together and did a lot of day camps together. He was always such a joy to be around and made work a lot of fun. He was also just so great with the kids and it really showed how big of a heart he had. I’m very thankful I had the chance to know him. I am heartbroken to hear of this loss. I will be keeping Nick’s family and friends in my prayers.

  31. Bridget Hollocher January 5, 2019 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    “ Get Momma the ball Nick “ RIP we love you!
    There are no words to say to parents that lose a child . I do know with time days will get easier . Cherish your time with Nick .
    God bless praying for you all !
    Love , The Hollocher Family

  32. Jody L. Serkes January 5, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    candle 8For Marisa and Family. I am so so sorry. Mental Illness robs folks of their nature. Looks like he fought hard. A dear friend here lost her son, same age, and I have walk through this with her. GodSpeed Nik. I wish you the universe.

  33. Shirley Davis January 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    candle 1I’ve known Lisa since she entered this world and my heart Hurts. Parents shouldn’t have to go through this, I’m sure this too shall pass, but right now it’s difficult to imagine. Grief does come and go.. you can go for a long time and one day you hear a song or something on the radio that reminds you of Nic and its ugly head pops up again. Its not a bad thing, its a memory. To you Lisa, Chris and the girls I feel your sadness. Wish I could wave a magic wand and make it go away.
    Lots of Love and Prayers for all of you. RIP Nic.
    Shirley Davis and Rob

  34. KJ Smith January 5, 2019 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    candle 8I work as a receptionist at Total Access Urgent Care & Nic was always who I’d look forward to answering the phone when I called the billing department. He brought so much joy to my day with his jokes & kind hearted demeanor. I made sure to let him know every time he picked up the phone how glad I was that it was him who answered. He made so many bad situations better. I know there aren’t many words right now that can make this situation hurt less, but please know that I’m praying for you and your entire family. Just from speaking to Nic on the phone for close to two years now, I grew to love him & look forward to our correspondence. I know that now he is at peace from everything that was plaguing him.I pray now for the continued comfort & strength of his friends & family. RIP Nic <3

  35. Sharon Campbell January 5, 2019 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    candle 1RIP Nic. My heart and prayers go out to the family.

  36. Morgan stokes January 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    candle 1Deep loving wishes and hopes everyone can come together for support during this awful time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  37. Mark Hall January 5, 2019 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    So sorry Lisa & Family. Prayers & thoughts are with you now & forever. Peace be with you.

  38. Shari Townsend January 5, 2019 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    candle 7Lisa so very sorry for the loss of your beloved Son Nic, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

    May The Peace Of Lord Be With All Of You!!


  39. Rachanee sporl January 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    candle 8I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family

  40. Sheila Zuk-Brown January 6, 2019 at 10:12 am - Reply

    candle 7Nic went to school and played FB with my son I didn’t know him well but what I did know he was a great FB player very respectful, sweet & funny .. RIP

  41. Carrie Ehrenreich January 6, 2019 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    candle 7Nic truly touched my life and brightened it by just knowing him. The world is a little darker without his light. My heart and prayers go out to your family. Just know Nic was truly speacial to a lot of people and will be missed greatly!

  42. Janet Coffman Hancock January 6, 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    candle 7Sorry for your lost. Prayers for you and your family.

  43. Maria Boyle January 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    candle 1I love, love, love you! ❤️

  44. Sue Anthony January 6, 2019 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I am a friend of his Aunt Beth. We went to IWA together. She told me about Nic and she is grieving so much for all of you. I just want you to know that my heart breaks for your family’s loss. Nic sounds like such an incredibly talented, and wonderful young man. Please accept my deepest sympathy and prayers.

  45. Patty Sturm January 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Sending our thoughts and prayers to Nic’s Family.- The Sturm Family

  46. Michell van Joolen January 7, 2019 at 10:56 am - Reply

    candle 7Sending love, hugs and prayers to you all. I’m so very sorry for this tragic loss.

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